1. Neck end; Top.Strings are left on for registering & setting bridge, neck and pickups after reassembly, before restringing.
2. Body end; Top. Cracked / split pickup lipstick casings removed. Closeup of electronics are shown in next images.
1e. Electronic controls.Shielding envelope opened for inspection and refurbishment. Notice cracks / splits in lipstick tubes; A common occurance; Closeup images below. I changed out the bridge plate with a much better one from a donor 1448; This nicely made compensated saddle was retained for reinstallation.
1b. Neck pickup.
1c. Bridge pickup.
3. Fretboard. Needed lemon oiling; Lemon oiled; See image 15 on page 3.
11. Pickguard. Strong previous crack repair at switch mount can be repaired much better cosmetically. See in-progress pics on Page 4. Notice the volume and tone pots pointers full-on positions are not aligned / syncronized to proper clock position; I am fixing as said further below. Knobs and hardware cleaned up very nicely.
12. Electronic controls. Wires are original, but parts clock positions are wrong. I will rewire to original clock positions so the volume and tone pots pointers will align to proper clock positions. The old paper backing insulation of the grounding shield box loses it's insulation integrity with age; I will install some innocuous "trick" guarding / insulation tape strips to cure common circuit shorting from old worn-out original grounding shield "box" insulation paper closure.xDeteriorated exterior closing masking tape also must always be replaced.
Guitar was Operational checked prior to opening (Got to play it for about an hour! :~) ... Plays and sounds great). Pickups sounded great and checked out good on meter readings. Cracks / splits in lipstick tubes are noted at red arrows below;A common problem caused by many years of sound vibrations along the edge of the coupling plate. Good donor lipstick tube casings were found and changed out; See page 4 image 24.